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Zakir Naik charged with money laundering

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has been charged with money laundering by Indian prosecutors according to reports.

Naik is accused of acquiring 28 million dollars worth of criminal assets, an accusation to which he denies.

He has also been accused of spreading hate speech and inciting terrorism, with a number of countries, including Sri Lanka, banning his TV channel ‘Peace TV’.

Naik, however, claims that the money was acquired legitimately.

India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED), which investigates financial crimes, filed the charges against Naik in a court in Mumbai on Thursday (02) BBC reported.

It told the court that it had identified assets worth millions of dollars as proceeds of crime.

Naik’s “inflammatory speeches and lectures have inspired and incited a number of Muslim youths in India to commit unlawful activities and terrorist acts”, ED has told the court.